Dish Towel Apron

Although she’s so cute, you could probably eat her, this is not a recipe…
This is the first of my Crafty Kitchen Tutorials!
Dish Towel Apron Tutorial

A Children’s Dish Towel Apron!

A girl wearing an apron standing at the kitchen sink washing dishes.
I thought I would start off simple… {you probably already have what you need to make this one!}
A display of needed items to make a dish towel apron: dish towel, scissors, ribbon.
All you need is a dish towel, some 1 inch ribbon, and a sewing machine.
And check.
A hand measuring and marking a length on a dish towel.
Start off by opening the dish towel flat. My towel {and most are} is 18″ wide x 28″ long.
Then from the top, measure down 6 inches and draw a straight line {width-wise} from one side to the other.
A sew machine sewing the edge on a dish towel.

From the edge of the towel, fold it behind itself about 1 1/2 inches. Sew a straight line from the top of the towel to the line you drew 6 inches down. {be sure to back stitch at the bottom}

Leave a 1/2 inch allowance on all the lines.

A hand pinching the edge of a dish towel together and an arrow pointing to it saying \"shew next line here.\"














Fold the towel behind itself again, and sew another straight line down.

Are you following me?

You can use pins if you need to hold the towel in place {I’m just lazy}.

A sewing machine sewing a pleat onto a dishtowel.














Just keep repeating this till you reach the other side of the towel.

A close up of many pleats on the top of a dishtowel.














When you’re done, it should look like this on the back…

The front of a dishtowel with pleats sewed into the top half.














…and like this on the front.

On to the pockets! {what’s an apron without pockets?}

Pockets sewed into the bottom of a dish towel apron.














Fold the bottom of the towel on top of itself, 6 inches up.

Draw lines 6 inches in from each side to make 3 pockets. Sew the edges, and drawn lines together.

Easy peasy…

Next grab your ribbon and cut it to the length of the top of the apron {plus a little extra just in case}. Mine was 8 inches.

A ribbon pinned to the top edge of the dish towel apron.










Pin the bottom half of the ribbon to the back side of the apron. Fold the pleats away from each other starting at the center {this helps it to lay flatter}.

A ribbon sewed onto the top of a dish towel apron.














Sew in place with a zig-zag stitch.

Turn the apron over.

A finger folding over the edge of a ribbon onto the back of the dishtowel apron.














Now you are looking at the front of the apron. Fold the other half of the ribbon over and pin in place.

Displaying the ribbon folded over and sewed to the back of the apron.














Sew a straight {or in my case semi-straight} line.

Use a lighter to burn the edges of your ribbon to prevent it from fraying.

A hand pinching ribbon to fabric.














Cut two pieces of ribbon for the neck straps. Mine were 13 inches long.

Fold under the end of the ribbon, and sew in place at the top corner of the apron.

A display of the backstop sewed onto the dishtowel apron.














Repeat for the other side.

A ribbon pinned onto a dish towel.














Lastly, cut two more pieces of ribbon for the side straps. Mine were 20 inches long.

Measure 9 1/2 inches up from the bottom, attach with a pin and sew in place.

Repeat for the other side.

A little girl wearing a dish towel apron.
Your little chef will be ready to help in no time!
Not to mention very stylish!
A close up of a little girl wearing a dish towel apron.

Watch out, she’s ready to do your dirty work!

A little girl emptying the dishwasher wearing a dish towel apron.

This is Girl #1 {age rank…not love rank}, she’s my big helper. I made an apron for Boy #1 too, but he was not “in the mood.”

However…. Girl #2 is always willing to help out!

A baby in a baby chair wearing a dish towel apron

A baby in a baby chair wearing a dish towel apron














I hope that was easy to follow!

Let me know if you need me to clarify anything for ya!

About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.

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Shawn Syphus

Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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